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Yamaha conclude anniversary season with amazing podium

Yamaha conclude anniversary season with amazing podium

Yamaha conclude anniversary season with amazing podium

World Champion Valentino Rossi clinched his 16th podium from 17 races this year with a sensational podium at the last round of the season in Valencia. It was an ideal way for Yamaha to cap what has been a success-laden 50th anniversary season which has seen them clinch the riders', teams' and manufacturers' titles.

Rossi suffered from numerous problems during qualifying and started Sunday's race from 15th on the grid – the second lowest of his career. However, he produced a miraculous ride to take third place at the tight Ricardo Tormo circuit and earn yet another visit to the podium. He made up eight places by the end of the first lap and had moved all the way through to third by lap six. He was not quite able to hunt down lead duo Marco Melandri and Nicky Hayden, but once again demonstrated his undoubted ability.

"The second part of the race was very positive because my pace was fast and I rode well, but if you want to win a race then you can't start from fifteenth on the grid," stated Rossi. "I made a mistake on Saturday with the crash but the truth is that we were struggling all weekend with the setting and we didn't understand until this morning what the problem was. We worked it out and in the race I was able to ride how I wanted to, but it was too late. It was good fun, I pushed hard but it wasn't enough. In the future we have to make sure we work better in practice. It's been a fantastic season and everyone has worked hard to achieve all our targets. Now we look forward to some holidays and some hard work during winter testing."

Yamaha can now reflect on a stunning anniversary season in which it has swept the board, and Yamaha Factory Racing director Davide Brivio expressed his satisfaction at the team's performance in 2005, although admitted they had left themselves too much to do in Valencia.

"Basically we lost the race in practice, both with the setting difficulties we had and Valentino's starting position for the race," Brivio stated. "It is always going to be difficult from the fifth row, but he was 4.9 seconds down on the leader after four laps and by the end it was 2.9 so his pace was even better than the race winner."

"It's been a long season from January, when testing started, to November. We have won everything available, scored eleven race victories and right now I would accept the same statistics next season – only with Colin (Edwards) higher in the championship. That is our aim for next year but for now I just want to say thank you to all our staff, engineers, crew and both of our riders. It has been a fantastic season."


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